Heyl Royster

Yu Ma

Chicago, IL

Joined Firm in 2022

An accomplished legal professional experienced in the U.S. and China.

  • Externed with Judge Michael Mihm in the Central District Court of Illinois
  • Served as in-house Counsel for a large company in Shanghai, China
  • Fluent in Mandarin and English
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Yu Ma

Attorney in Chicago, IL

A first-generation immigrant, Yu is an accomplished legal professional who has been practicing nationally and internationally for over a decade in the industry. She began her legal career in Shanghai, China, after completing her Bachelor of Commerce and IP Law degree with High Honors. While in China, she practiced corporate and employment law for a large firm.

Yu continued her legal studies at the University of Illinois College of Law, receiving her Master of Law in 2014 and her J.D. in May 2022. While in law school, she externed with Judge Michael Mihm in the Central District Court of Illinois and clerked with Heyl Royster. Additionally, Yu served as the Production Editor for the Illinois Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy and was a member of the Moot Court Team.

Yu now resides in the north suburb of Chicago with her family.



J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, cum laude

LL.M., University of Illinois

LL.B., East China University of Political Science and Law, with honors

Licensure(s) and Admission(s)

State Courts of Illinois


Professional Affiliations

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Community Involvement

IP Law Society, College of Law Run Club, Past-President


English, Mandarin



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